On Friday, Morning Joe made everyone wish they had just stayed in bed by having New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay come on the show. Her dangerous anti-Republican rhetoric included calling the Republican Party’s behavior in the wake of the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago “treasonous” and “stomach churning.”
Gay lectured viewers: “Patriotism is not simply about waving a flag, it is actually about doing the right thing and the hard thing to defend the country, even when it means holding your own party accountable.”
She then labeled “seeing the democracy denigrated” as “stomach churning,” further accusing Republicans and other right-wingers of “creating an environment of political violence.” She even thought it would be important to bring up the fact that it was also “the anniversary of Charlottesville” the previous day.
“They are putting Americans at risk,” she warned the audience, “not only FBI agents, but any American or anybody really who is seen as the target of the far right.” According to Gay, what these evil-doing Republicans are doing “has historical precedent,” despite her clarifying “I'm not a historian, I’m not—I don't feel qualified to talk about,” saying it dates back to the Civil War.
It looks like she needs to go back to elementary-level history class, because the Civil War era was a much worse time in terms of racism. Even after the slaves were thankfully freed, they still had to struggle to get equal rights, so civil rights had come a long way since then. But she is too cooped up in her lefty bubble to use her critical thinking skills.
She added that “what they're doing is telling a story that the true Americans are Trump supporters, everybody else is the enemy,” saying that once again, “it is very scary and it is very serious and it is treasonous behavior in my view.”
Gay conveniently forgot the attempted assassination of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh earlier this summer, the terrorist attacks against pro-life centers across the country, and the attempted assassination of multiple Republican members of Congress a few years ago by an avid MSNBC viewer (just to name a few).
Once she and Joe Scarborough address every single crazy act of violence that the side they cater to has done, maybe then they can talk about accountability.
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MSNBC’s Morning Joe
August 12, 2022
9:18:39 a.m. Eastern
MARA GAY: It is remarkable, Joe. You know, I'm old enough to remember a time in which the Republican Party wrapped itself in the flag and at least stood up for those values that the flag represented in its own vision. You know—patriotism is not simply about waving a flag, it is actually about doing the right thing and the hard thing to defend the country, even when it means holding your own party accountable.
And so this is really when we find out, you know, who the patriots are, and you know— this behavior is treasonous. And, on top of that, it is not just the principle of seeing the democracy denigrated that is so upsetting and deeply just stomach churning, it is also the fact that these Republicans and others are creating an environment of political violence. Yesterday, we already saw just an inkling of what is possible when somebody tried to breach the FBI field office in Ohio.
And this is not the first time, obviously yesterday was also the anniversary of Charlottesville, so this is a very dangerous environment that they're creating. They are putting Americans at risk, not only FBI agents, but any American or anybody really who is seen as the target of the far right. And so, that could really be anybody.
And I think it is also important because what they're doing is telling a story that the true Americans are Trump supporters, everybody else is the enemy. So, it is very dangerous. It has historical precedent but you know—I'm not a historian, I’m not—I don't feel qualified to talk about, but that dates back to the Civil War. It is very scary and it is very serious and it is treasonous behavior in my view.